For all of you who are holding your breath for New Years pictures, you may want to quit holding. When I mentioned to Jared last week that I had started the New Year blog, he said he wanted to do it together...romantic in theory, but so far it just hasn't happened. I will try to get it done soon.
Anyways, I have seen a couple of people doing this grateful Sunday thing, and I thought it was a great idea. So yesterday I had a grateful thought all day, and never got around to writing about it, so here it is a day late.
I am so grateful for the knowledge that my Heavenly Father knows me, hears my prayers and shows His love for me. During October's General Conference, Elder Condie's talk Claim the Exceeding Great and Precious Promises seemed to be directed at me. I felt like he was talking to me and Jared, something I don't think I have ever felt before. The ending struck me hard when he said, "In this age of one-hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-food franchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving Heavenly Father has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on hold or filed them under the wrong name...When heaven’s promises sometimes seem afar off, I pray that each of us will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and never let go. And just as God remembered Rachel, God will remember you." It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear, as I have been wondering for the past year and a half where my "precious promise" is. I know He WILL remember me.
I also had the opportunity, and challenge, to give a talk in church on Learning Not to Count by Sister Steffani R. Packer. I learned if we have a testimony of the Atonement we do not have to use our blessings as a "measuring stick" for His love. It helped me realize that just because we haven't yet been blessed with the baby we have so desperately wanted for so long, God loves me more than I will ever know. I never thought I would say this, but I am grateful for this trial that has opened my eyes a little more to His love for me (although I think I am ready to move on to my next trial, just kidding).
Sorry this was so long, but it is something I have been thinking about for awhile now. For those who have not read these articles, I recommend you do right now! They are amazing. Next Grateful Sunday will be a little more light hearted.